4.28.2016

Overcoming Envy


Lately I've been having to check my jealousy levels, quite a bit. I don't know what it is - changing of the seasons, stress at work, or just plain fomo - but man, I think this might be something that we never fully master. This social networking world we have created leaves more to be desired rather than satisfying those desires. We have access to more than any generation before us, and yet, we are more greedy and unsatisfied than ever before. How do we overcome this? I often find myself wishing I could just leave most of my belongings behind and live out of an RV or a tiny home - forcing myself to live a simpler lifestyle with limited space for belongings. But I'm not sure it would completely work.

I think that the best way to overcome these bouts of jealousy and fear of missing out is to just keep on keeping on. We learn by repetition, so there are bound to be times where it's easier than others. But if we keep trying, keep checking our jealousy problems at the door, and do constant self evaluations, then we will be just fine. Another thing I like to do is to get rid of something when I acquire a similar item. I'm constantly cleaning out my closet and drawers - making sure I don't get over-cluttered with... well, clutter.

Now, what does all of that have to do with this outfit? Absolutely nothing. Those are just thoughts I felt like expressing. But on that note, this outfit has some really fabulous components! Favorite shoes from Sven Clogs, a bag from my roommate's shop - Anne B Designs (coming soon), and some gorgeous Color by Amber jewelry. It doesn't get much better!

top - madewell
jeans - jcrew
shoes - c/o sven clogs
bag - c/o anne b designs
jewelry - color by amber

What are some tips you have for overcoming those pesky envy bugs?

4.26.2016

DIY Mobile Herb Garden With Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReadySetGro #CollectiveBias

I often find myself purchasing herbs for cooking but then only using a small portion before the rest of it goes bad. It can be frustrating and feels wasteful, so I recently decided to start my own herb garden. This is the cutest little mobile herb garden I have ever seen and I love having all of these delicious herbs right at my finger tips - It's the perfect way to add freshness to your life! Plus, the cart allows me to roll it out in the sun and roll it in during rain to ensure my plants stay healthy all year long.

I wanted to make my herb garden the best it could be, so I made it mobile by placing it on a rolling cart, went with some chalkboard garden tags that I could easily swap out if I ever needed to, and was sure to use Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix from Walmart. This premium potting soil for indoor and outdoor containers is the best way to grow plants twice as big versus unfed plants. It can feed plants for up to 6 months while you get to sit back and watch your garden flourish!


To make your own Herb Garden you will need:
rolling cart
flower pots
garden tags
watering can
gardening tools
basket or bucket
gardening gloves
Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix
herb plants - can be pre-grown or seeds

Directions:
For my herb garden I bought plants from the store rather than growing them myself (I couldn't wait to start using them). They come in biodegradable pots so it makes transfer to larger pots a cinch! Be sure to wear your gardening gloves when transferring the herbs. Place them in their new pot, then fill it with Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix. Use your gardening spade to scoop the dirt, then lightly pack it into the pot. Fill out your garden tag (to match whatever herb you have planted), then stick it into the pot. Place your pot on a plastic dish so it doesn't make a mess when watering.

After planting all of my herbs, I placed them evenly onto my rolling herb garden. It had just enough leftover space for a basket to store my gardening tools and a space for my watering can.

You can find the larger 2 cu. ft. Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix (yellow bag) in the outdoor garden section shown below. I had to get some assistance to access my bag, as they had just been delivered.

Now I have a mobile garden that will freshen up any meal. Plus, it looks adorable on my back patio! If you've been looking to start your own garden, be sure to grab some Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix. It made transferring my herbs simple and these herbs have never looked happier!

Are you planting a garden this year?

P.S. Be sure to check out this Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix Youtube video.

4.22.2016

Walls Need Love // A Wall Makeover


A few months ago, my roommates and I gave our house a little makeover. It has actually been a work in progress since I moved in, but it finally feels like home. At the beginning, this house's yard was overrun with vines and weeds that blocked our natural light. So in the Fall, my roommate and I did some serious yard work that made a huge difference. But then we started to notice how brown our living room was, and we really wanted to brighten it up. So together, we all painted the walls a bright white. This is has been the best decision and really brought life back into this house.

We have been decorating over the last couple months, filling up the empty spaces. This wall was the last to get any love and stayed blank for a while, until Walls Need Love stepped in with this incredible Map Decal. It matches our color scheme and decor motif, perfectly. Our living room is full of travel trinkets from each of our lives and the map really brings it all together. The shelf is one of my items that I love but didn't have a place for. It fits in perfectly underneath the map, and is now filled with souvenirs.

This Walls Need Love decal is also a high quality item. It's thick, so I didn't have any fears of tearing or distorting it. Plus, it is reusable, so I can take it with me whenever I move next. (Not that I plan on moving right now, because this is a pretty great situation.) And best of all, it was so easy to hang up. I recruited my roommate to help and we were done in no time!

If you're looking for the perfect way to dress up any of your walls, definitely check out Walls Need Love! They've got an amazing selection of modern and on-trend items that will transform any room in just a few minutes. The selection process is the hardest part as they have so many great items to choose from.

BONUS - you can use the code GENTRI20 to receive 20% off your Walls Need Love purchase until May 11th!

4.20.2016

Rock Rugged Road Trip Pt. 6 // Exploring Banff


Pt. 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

We spent day two in Banff exploring from dawn until dusk. The day began with the sunrise at Morraine Lake where we were able to watch the sun rays reflect off the glassy water. I hadn't had a moment to myself in days, so I took this morning as an opportunity to find a solitary log and drink in my surroundings.

After a few hours and a quick snack, we split up into two groups to check out some different hikes. Whitney and I headed toward Consolation Lakes while Delaina and Jake set off for Sentinel Pass. The hike to Consolation Lakes was like stepping into a fairytale. With moss and mushrooms covering everything, a river rushing just off the path, and trees lining the entire trail, it felt like a dream. The last part of the hike had a bit of bouldering, which was a drastic and exciting change from the groomed trail. We sat on the lakeshore to eat some lunch while the local chipmunks made themselves at home on our laps, just hoping for a small morsel.

After our hikes, we drove out to Tekakkaw Falls. I had never seen such a powerful waterfall before. The water was moving with such great force that we all came away drenched. Before heading back to camp, we decided to get one last set of pictures along a riverbank. I spent my time collecting colorful river rocks and was amazed at their vibrancy - I wish I could have brought them home.

All too soon the sun had set, and it was time to rest up for the next day - which was sure to be just as full as this one had been.

to be continued...

*Note* Since i was traveling with two incredible photographers, I decided to let them do the camera work, and I stuck to photos with my phone, only. As soon as I'm done with my iPhone recap, I'll be sure to post some of their beautiful work!

4.18.2016

Festival Fashion With Sven Clogs


Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes festival season. Now, I may have never actually been to a music festival, but that doesn't mean I can't dress like I have. With breezy layers balanced by skinny, high-waisted jeans, this outfit is the perfect way to look like you're about that festival life without being over the top. Just top the look off with some bronzer, blush, and mascara, and you're ready to rock.

My Sven Clogs are the perfect addition to this outfit. I've never had more comfortable shoes! I have tried a bunch of different Sven Clog styles, and I can assure you that they are all durable, stylish, and my favorite shoes to wear when I have to be on my feet all day. I also love that Sven Clogs give off a vintage-vibe, but are simultaneously modern and chic. I also never travel without a pair of Sven Clogs, anymore. I love that I can dress them up, dress them down, and walk all over town without ever missing a step.

And because I can't resist, here's a pic of my nephew and I. He is the cutest and I am the size of an 8 year old.

kimono duster - h&m
shirt - everlane
pants - jcrew
shoes - c/o sven clogs
bracelets & earrings - color by amber

If you're looking for the perfect new shoes, then stop looking, because here they are! Sven Clogs are my go-to, and have been for a while, so I know that you'll love them, too! Which style would you choose?

P.S. As if they couldn't get any better, Sven Clogs just started making all of their styles in MY size (4-4.5 women's, if you can believe it)! You guys, this is big. Big like - I never need to shop with another shoe company, big.
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